Wednesday, February 21, 2007
North Korean refugees
This article comments on the increase in North Korean refugees in the South. Currently 10,000 refugees are in South Korea and this number is expected to double in the next five years. The article went on to state that North Korean refugees encounter a great deal of discrimination and prejudice while adjusting to life in South Korea. Given what I perceived as a general sentiment in support of eventual reunification (or at the very least a feeling of connection – by familial ties, bloodlines and a sense of ethnic solidarity) held by South Koreans, I was surprised to read that North Korean refugees are met with such discrimination. I understand the drain on South Korean resources and the economy as a factor in wanting to control immigration, however, the drive for ethnic solidarity always seemed stronger to me. Thoughts?